Mother of Lao Lia Po (Vietnam)
Amidst terraced rice paddies, tea plantations, and blooming hyacinth gardens, the truth of Christ had begun to take root in the hearts of the tribal people in the mountainous Northwest Province of Vietnam. First, a 74 year old Hmong woman had accepted Christ, soon others followed, including Lao Lia Po’s mother. The local authorities had begun to worry and had pressured many to recant the Christian faith and to re-establish ancestral altars. Rather than follow his mother in faith, Lao Lia Po became angry that his mother had accepted Christ as her savior, so angry in fact that on February 3rd, 2009, he took his own mother’s earthly life.
“…Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.” Hebrews 10:17
The mother of Lao Lia Po, in whose life the love for Jesus had begun to bloom, had remained faithful in spite of the pressures to deny Him. Join in prayer for her son Lao Lia Po, that he come to know the eternal truth of Jesus Christ, the one who died for all our sins, and that the family has the courage to reach out to him in love and through the glory of God transfer their grief into the powerful witness of forgiveness. Pray also that all Vietnamese Christians are able to stand strong against the growing thorns of persecution.
In spite of new religious legislation in 2004 and 2005, authorities in the far north are violating Vietnam’s new religion policy, threatening Christians, ignoring complaints and refusing to arrest perpetrators. Although the new legislation has led to the legal recognition of several churches, there continues to be many serious abuses and restrictions of religious freedom in the country.
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